The Romance Writers of America® National Conference is an annual gathering of not only romance writers but of everyone involved in the magic of making books and engaging readers, from agents and editors to librarians and book bloggers. The conference is a wonderful chance for writers to network both professionally and personally. Some of my greatest writer friendships and opportunities have been found through RWA and the conference.
This year Nationals will be in the lovely city of Denver Colorado from July 18th through the 21st. I can hardly wait!
The days of the conference are packed with workshops, panels and publisher sponsored book signings, as well as special events and parties. As a fantasy romance author, I love going to the paranormal themed party and meeting other SFF geeks. No matter what you write, or where you are in your journey, there really is something for everyone at Nationals. There is even a special luncheon just for librarians.
In addition to all that the conference features two large events of note.
The first is a gala award ceremony to present the annual RITA
® Awards. These awards are kind of like the Grammys for romance novels, and the whole event is livestreamed so that even those who can’t attend can tune in. RWA also honors excellent unpublished works through the Golden Heart® contest. I was lucky enough to be a finalist in 2016 and it was quite a thrill to recognized that way.
The second key event is the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing.
Over 300 authors sign books with all the proceeds going to literacy organizations. This event is open to the public and usually draws quite a crowd celebrating the power of romance. I really enjoy this event, because before I was a writer, I was a reader and I still have my fangirl moments when I get the chance to meet a favorite author.
Just thinking about it all makes me excited to attend!
Will you be heading to Denver this summer? Or do you have a favorite writer or reader conference to recommend to me?
Jaycee Jarvis is a Golden Heart® finalist who writes lush fantasy novels with plenty of heart and magic. Her debut novel, TAXING COURTSHIP, is set to release in June 2018 by Soul Mate Publishing.
When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of animals. To learn more about Jaycee or her books, check out her website or other social media.